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Where to drink beer in August


Hold up, where did July go? We’ve barely had our fill of thirst-quenching cucumber beers and fresh herbal beers, and we’re already seeing pumpkin beers and Oktoberfests sneak onto shelves. Time flies, especially when you’re drinking beer. As we flip the calendar page to August, here’s where we’d like to soak up the last true summer month.

Courtesy of The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar

Courtesy of The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar

The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar, Buena Vista, Colorado: Open just a few weeks, the new 10-tap bar debuted with an impressive line-up of beers from Casey Brewing & Blending, Cannonball Creek, Comrade, Melvin, La Cumbre, Perennial, Almanac, Oakshire, and Victory, as well as a small can and bottle list and a few wines. The bar features an original stone wall and beams from when the building was a stable-turned-jail in the late 1800s (spooky!), plus two shady patios, the back version of which hosts food trucks during the bar’s business hours.

Village Pourhouse Summer Beer Olympics, New York City: Finally show off all those college drinking game skills that people keep telling you are “inappropriate when you’re in your 30s” at Village Pourhouse’s Summer Beer Olympics on August 13. You’ll compete against other teams in contests such as flip cup, beer pong, drunk Jenga and more; winner gets bragging rights and free open bar for an hour.  Participant tickets cost $90 and include a three-hour open bar, appetizers and entrance to the tournament (use the promotional code CHAMPION for 1/2 priced tickets); buy them via Village Pourhouse’s website.

Trillium and The Parlor Ice Cream Pop-Up, Canton, Massachusetts: The fine folks at Trillium were clearly spying on our dreams when they created this August 6 event: The Parlor Ice Cream Co. stops by the brewery’s Canton taproom and doles out scoops of ice cream made with Trillium beer including the Secret Stairs with roasted barely and cocoa; an Uppercase IPA blend with pineapple swirl; and Dusk Trill Dawn with barley malt, cold brew ganache and coffee from Barrington Coffee Roasters. Get more info on Trillium’s website.

Sesh Fest, Denver, Colorado: In our perfect world, all beer festivals are session beer festivals (see our list of the 30 rules of beer festivals for more tips on not getting falling-down drunk at beer festivals). But for a true session beer festival, there are few better options than Denver’s annual Sesh Fest, taking place August 6 at the Highlands Masonic Temple. $30 gets you admission to the fest full of unlimited pours of under-5% brews, plus games and a souvenir tasting glass. Buy tickets through the Sesh Fest website.

Monday Night Brewing’s Tie One On Party, Atlanta, Georgia: Monday Night turns five years old and throws a blow-out party on August 6 to celebrate; $35 tickets include a brewery tour, commemorative glass, 12 tasting tickets good for 36 ounces of beer, and a 22-ounce take-home bottle of brand-new Tie 5 On wild IPA. The draft line-up for the event is a greatest hits list for the brewery featuring beers like 2014 Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale, 2015 Tie 4 On Belgian Quad, Blind Pirate Double IPA and many more. Tickets and more info can be found via the event ticketing website.

ThirstyBear’s 20th Anniversary Block Party, San Francisco, California: Twenty breweries join San Fran O.G. ThirstyBear for a block party celebrating two decades of brewing; expect live music from bluegrass band The Brothers Comatose as well as beers from 21st Amendment Brewery, Almanac Beer Co., Anchor Brewing, Beach Chalet, Bison Brewery, Cellarmaker Brewing, Drake’s Brewing, Faction Brewing, Fieldwork Brewing, Fort Point Beer, Harmonic Brewing, Headlands Brewing, Local Brewing, Magnolia Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Shmaltz Brewing, Social Kitchen & Brewery, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Triple Voodoo Brewery and Woods Beer. ThirstyBear will pour a wet-hopped, nitrogen-carbed anniversary ale and will release its vintage barrel-aged Dark Age as well as other beers. All-inclusive general admission tickets are $96 (VIP admission $135) and are available here.

Courtesy of The Beer Collective

Courtesy of The Beer Collective

The Beer Collective, New Haven, Connecticut: Shooting for a (hopefully) late August opening in downtown New Haven, this coming-soon bar aims to please both beer newbies and seasoned drinkers alike with a menu of beers, ciders and bourbons ranging from the approachable to the esoteric, with a special eye toward the best of the local scene. Also look for a cellar list and a full kitchen turning out small plates, meats, cheese and sandwiches. Keep an eye on its progress via The Beer Collective Facebook page.

Half Acre’s The Big North, Chicago, Illinois: Half Acre Brewing Company throws its first real party in its new, larger brewery space on August 20, featuring music from Twin Peaks, plenty of beers and food. General admission tickets are $65 and include all beer, a meal ticket, a take-home coozie and glass. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

Spencer Brewery Summer Sales Event, Spencer, Massachusetts: Spencer Brewery at St. Joseph’s Abbey is normally closed to the public due to the cloistered nature of the monks’ lives, but the abbey will open the doors for a special event on August 6. Admission is free and will allow visitors to see where and how the abbey beer is made, purchase beer (an IPA and a German-style pilsner) directly from the monastery, and pick up glassware to take home. See more info on the brewery’s website.

The Watering Hole at the Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Spending an afternoon at the zoo with a gaggle of kids likely earns you a beer. At the end of July, the Philadelphia Zoo debuted The Watering Hole, a beer garden located in the heart of the Philadelphia Zoo serving a light food menu, wine as well as Victory beers including Summer Love and Headwaters plus Tröegs Sunshine Pils and Goose Island IPA. Get more info via the Philadelphia Zoo website.

Brew at the L.A. Zoo, Los Angeles, California: In other news related to drinking beer near large caged animals, the L.A. Zoo will host its annual Brew at the Zoo on August 6. General admission  includes 5-ounce beer samples from your choice of 50 breweries including Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, Surf, Kinetic, Great Divide and more. Tickets range from $65-$125 and can be purchased at the zoo’s website.

DuClaw’s 20th Anniversary Hopalujah Celebration, Rosedale, Maryland: DuClaw celebrates two decades of brewing with an August 20 party. The highlight will be the release of one-off Hopalujah double IPA straight off the bottling line. Admission is free, and beer tokens cost $5; Hopalujah bottles will be available for purchase. Get more info on DuClaw’s website.

Have a beer event you think we should know about? Shoot an email to beer editor Kate Bernot at kate.bernot@draftmag.com.


Kate Bernot is DRAFT’s beer editor. Reach her at kate.bernot[at]draftmag.com.


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